Friday, across the United States, Donate Life America celebrated “Blue & Green Day” to support organ, eye, and tissue donations.
April is National Donate Life Month, data found 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 58% are registered. Donate Life America’s statistics have shown that 58% is great, but still not enough.
More than 110,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant and every 10 minutes another person is added to that waiting list.
On top of “Blue & Green Day” supporters, across the nation medical facilities raised the Donor Life Flag in front of their buildings.
Chief Medical Officer, Doctor William Hathaway, MD, FACC, said Mission Hospital hoisted their flag at the beginning of April for a list of reasons.
“People are dying of end stage kidney, lung, heat disease liver disease. While we have many, many medical therapies and surgical therapies that can help; it’s the transplantation of these vital organs, that can really bring people, not back to full health, but almost back to full health,” Dr. Hathaway said.
On average 8,000 people die each year because of the lack in organ donations.
“We have 30,000 plus transplants annually across the United States. While that’s an impressive number we’re very excited about. There’s over 120,000 people waiting for organs and, so we have a critical shortage of organs in patients,” Dr. Hathaway said.
Donate Life America found one organ, eye and tissue donation could help more than 75 different lives.
To learn more about National Donate Life Month, how to become a registered donor, or find more details on organ donation click here.